The first instance of this for me was when I had the chance to meet the crafty and stylish Ali of My Third True Love for a cup of coffee last August while visiting California.
(Never mind that I went to the wrong Starbucks...Ali graciously packed her kids back up into the car and drove over to meet me. Add understanding to the list of adjectives to describe Ali!) The next time I'm back in SoCal, a stop to visit Ali is most certainly on the itinerary.
Another example of the connective nature of blogging? The amazing artist/funny-as-crap blogger Cindy Austin (of Cindy's Fractured Fairytale) and I live only 10 minutes apart. Thanks to blogging we've gotten to know each other and enjoy chatting when we run into one another at the local shops we both frequent. Since I
It hangs in my bedroom...
and I truly swoon every time I look at the dreamy scene with the fluff-ball sheep...
and the SHEPHERD'S HUT. (If you follow me on Pinterest, you'll see I have an entire board dedicated to this obsession with shepherd's huts.)
Over this summer, the blogging gods smiled upon another meeting: Cindy of Cottage Instincts and Cindy (in the present tense) and I grabbed some dee-licious Ghirardelli ice cream at DisneyWorld when our families were both vacationing.
We chatted and laughed and I wished we could have had more time to visit because she's vivacity on a stick!
Last weekend, the chance to once more meet another favorite blogger in person came about when our family took an overnight trip to Washington D.C. and northern Virginia.
For the boys: the Bruce Springsteen concert on Friday night in D.C.
For me: trips on Saturday to Lucketts in Leesburg, VA and The Empty Nest in downtown Warrenton, VA, run by none other than Janet of The Empty Nest blog!
I've been following Janet long enough that I can't remember when I wasn't reading her blog. She's a delightful lady, who's full of life, oozes creativity, and simply has a great sense of humor.
This chalkboard sentiment in her shop captures Janet well.
Not only is she a shop-keeper and furniture-painter, she's an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist who knows her way around a sewing machine, appreciates vintage items, and can be counted on to leave the best comments whenever I post music on this blog. (I swear she and I are musical kindred spirits!)
So, it was a complete treat to meet her and visit The Empty Nest. Here's a peek at her lovely shop!
And here we are chatting, completely oblivious to the fact my husband was taking our picture...
Now we're ready...smiles all around!
I was also hoping to catch Cassie of Primitive and Proper on this trip to the mid-Atlantic area, but it just wasn't meant to be. This time anyway. There will be a next time, Cassie!
And I hate to even mention this for fear of jinxing things since we're still firming up plans, but I may get to hang out with another blog friend at next month's Country Living fair in Georgia. It'd be a fairytale-wish-come-true (wink, wink) to meet this talented lady in Atlanta after all the emails and blog comments we've swapped.
Have you met any of your blogging friends in "real life?"